Lane Conditions: Kegel Stone Street 42' and U.S. Open 41'
Likes: Very strong cover even at 4000 box finish. Angular but not jumpy.
Dislikes: Too strong for most conditions. Polish did not really change reaction.
Review: The Lane #1 Pearl Stealth Bomber is my first experience with Lane #1 equipment. I didn't know what to expect so I drilled the ball up right around my benchmark drilling for asymmetrical equipment. I was not disappointed. When I do my video ball reaction videos I try to do the same thing every time to be fair to the viewers. I shoot the video from 3 angles and start with fresh conditions with little to no warm up shots. I try to throw a few shots (2-3) from one spot and then move left until I run out of room on the fresh shot, to show how strong or weak the ball is. When I am done, I move the camera down to film the next angle and start back right and move left. This is done once more for the low angle. The cover on the Bomber was so strong and it soaked up so much oil, I had a hard time getting the lower angles. There was just no more oil on the lane. The first shot I tried was the U.S. Open. The Bomber just made it look too easy. I was able to throw to the 8 board (at the break point) without fear of skidding past it. There seemed to be no out of bounds to the right. The miss inside though was still there. One board left of target and it was easily left of the head pin every time. I just had to keep my speed up as I got left and it played like easy street. Very surprised. I just threw the Storm Lucid and I didn't save 1/4 of the energy this ball did. The second shot I tried was Stone Street. This happens to be my league shot in that house. I struggled to play anything right of 10 at the break point due to the lack of volume. It is about half the volume of the U.S. Open. I was able to get some good shots in but I had to move on almost every shot to get the ball to retain any energy in the backend. Those with less hand and more speed would probably do much better on this type of shot with this big a ball.
Conclusion: The Pearl Stealth Bomber is a BIG ball. It delivers all the angularity you need on the heaviest of oil patterns. The 4000 box dull surface is strong! The core's angularity is predictable and impressive. It isn't designed to be your everyday ball unless you are speed dominate or bowl on a super high volume house shot.
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